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APC Asks New Tribunal Chairman to Excuse Himself

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IMAGE: Mr. Kunle Adegoke, the leading counsel of the APC »


The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State yesterday asked the new Chairman of the  state Election Petition Tribunal, Justice Sulaiman Ambrusa, to excuse himself from the sitting, saying that the party lacked confidence in him.
Justice Ambrusa had come to the state following the removal of Justice Bako because of the petition written against him by some people in the state.

At the sitting of the panel yesterday, the leading counsel of the APC, Mr. Kunle Adegoke, informed the tribunal that he had written a petition to the National Judicial Council (NJC) to remove Justice Ambrusa.

Responding, the chairman of the tribunal said: “I am ready to step down. I didn’t put myself here. Anybody can accuse anybody. I have not seen the copy of the petition against me. There should be decorum. Since you have written the NJC, I should be served a copy. By law, it is only the NJC that can act on your application.”

Another member of the three-man tribunal contended: “You are pushing the chairman to disqualify himself. This is a panel duly constituted. Why can’t you wait for the NJC to act. If we disqualify ourselves, what would happen to the petitions you filed.

Earlier in his submission, one of the lawyers in the legal team of the APC, Wale Afolabi, who is also the state Commissioner for Justice promised that the PDP would be allowed to paste the petition, saying that “if they want to paste the petition notice, they can paste it. Nobody would prevent them.”

He said the party does not have confidence in the composition of the panel.
However, Mr. Afolabi Fashanu (SAN), who led the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) counsel, expressed confidence in the new Chairman, saying “we have no reason not to have confidence in the panel.”

Meanwhile, the tribunal will today rule on the application and counter application by the two parties.

The APC had asked the tribunal to set aside its earlier order it granted the PDP and its candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, to inspect the election materials which the PDP opposed.

However, the PDP and the Accord Party have been granted an order to paste their petition at the entrance of the government house.

The PDP had alleged that Governor Rauf Aregbesola had instructed that the petition should not be collected from them.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 4 Years ago

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